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In an eastern European country in 1989 there was a huge earthquake. 8.9 30,000 people died in 4 minutes. It happened in the morning and a man had just returned from taking his small son to school. After he made sure his wife was all right, he went straight back to the school to find his son. When he got there he saw that the school was completely flattened, like a pancake. Just rubble. He stood there devastated, completely destroyed. Then he remembered a promise he had made to his son some time back. He had told him that as long as there was life and breath in his body, he would always be there for him. So with that promise in his mind he went around to the northeast side of the rubble where his son's classroom had been and started digging through the debris. Soon the neighbor came out and said, "Sir, I know you're distraught but you have to accept that your child is dead. There's nothing you can do." The man didn't stop digging,    He just looked at the neighbor and said, "Are you going to help me now?"    Later, the fire chief came and told the man he had to stop, there was no one left alive and he was putting himself in danger. Again, the father asked, "Are you going to help me now?" After many more hours of digging the chief of police came and told him he was putting other people in danger, and ordered him to go home and leave it to the professionals.    The man again said nothing but, "Are you going to help me now?"    Finally, after 38 hours of digging through concrete and twisted metal, the man moved a final boulder and found a small space where several children had been protected. His son was among them and the first thing he said to his father was, "Daddy, I told them not to be scared. I told them you would come."    The speaker paused and then he said... "The faithful slave is engaged in a massive search and rescue mission. It is an enormous task, and what they are asking from you and me is: 'Are you going to help me now?'" Then he walked off the stage.  

Years ago an S-4 submarine was rammed by a ship off the coast of Massachusetts. It sank immediately. The entire crew was trapped in a prison house of death. Every effort was made to rescue the crew, but all ultimately failed. Near the end of the ordeal, a deep-sea diver, who was doing everything in his power to find a way for the crew's release, thought he heard a tapping on the steel wall of the sunken sub. He placed his helmet up against the side of the vessel and he realized it was the Morse Code. He attached himself to the side and he spelled out in his mind the message being tapped from within. It was repeating the same question. The question, from within was: "Is there any hope?"

The world is like a sinking submarine. Is there any hope? For Christians it is a resounding YES! Our hope is in Jehovah and his Messianic Kingdom. Like the deep-sea diver, we must never give up on spreading that message of hope before it is too late.

At the end of World War II, Robert Woodruff, president of the Coca-Cola Company from 1923 to 1955, had a mission. "In my generation," he declared, "it is my desire that everyone in the world have a taste of Coca-Cola." With a vision and dedication rarely matched in corporate American culture, Woodruff and his colleagues spanned the globe with their soft drink.

Why is it all right for people to feel that passionate about a soft drink but not about taking the good news to the world? Are there no people who seek meaning and purpose for their lives? Are there no families in crisis that need Jehovah's love and understanding? Are there no young people at risk because their lives lack a solid spiritual and moral foundation? The apostle Paul felt a passion. He was on a mission, which was to win as many people as possible to the Truth

We should not be discouraged by not-at-homes or those who are not interested in our message. He mentioned that even if 80% of our visits were not-at-homes and 20% were not interested we still have many reasons to be joyful. Primarily because we are pleasing Jehovah. Also we are fulfilling our responsibility to bear witness to others thereby proving that Satan the Devil is a liar. Additionally we are helping the angels determine the condition of people's hearts.   Take a typical day in field service. At the first door we go to, after we knock a woman peeks through the window sees us but doesn't answer the door. We mark it as a not-at-home, but the angels mark it as something else. They can see the condition of the woman's heart.   At the second door we knock at no one is home since the husband and wife are both at work but we leave a tract. That night when the couple gets home and sees the tract a conversation begins. "Those Witnesses were by our house today. They sure are persistent." The angels are watching and make note of it.   At the third door we knock at no one answers. This is because the woman at the first house called her friend at the third house and warned her that we were coming. She says: "Boy those Witnesses sure are persistent. They just don't give up." We mark it as a not-at-home but the angels mark it as something else.   We knock at the fourth house and no one is home. However a lady across the street sees us. The Witnesses had knocked at her door last week but she didn't listen. She says to herself: "Those Witnesses sure are persistent but very well dressed. Even their children are well behaved. Maybe I should listen to them the next time they knock at my door." Again the angels make note of it.   We knock at the fifth house and again no one is home. But a garbage truck passes by. The driver tells his co-worker: "There go those Witnesses again." The co-worker asks: "Aren't they the ones that don't accept blood transfusions?" "Yes" the driver replies. "But look at how well dressed and well behaved their children are. I wish my children were the same." The angels make a note of this.   So at just these five houses there may have been five not-at-homes marked down but look how many conditions and reactions of the heart the angels were able to observe. Now imagine how many of these same scenarios they observe being played out around the world each and every day. How important it is that we be in the ministry to help our angelic brothers to see behind the response we receive at the doors.

Be Fishers of Men.... You catch 'em, He'll Clean 'em. 

The sinking of the Titanic was unthinkable. As the captain and commander of the Titanic, E. J. Smith, said: "I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that." But it happened. Even as the great ship began to sink, people on board refused to believe they were really in danger. As reported in the April 19, 1912, New York Times, one survivor made this statement:

"The members of the crew urged everybody to get aboard [the lifeboats] and no one was in a hurry to do so. It was believed that there was no danger, and the general feeling was that those who had put off were making fools of themselves and would have the trouble of rowing back to the boat again after a few hours.

"The people were apathetic at first all through the ship. The confidence that the ship was unsinkable was so great that most felt sure of its safety until the last minute. One of the stewards told us afterward that he had knocked at the door of a woman repeatedly, but she refused to move. Finally he tried to drag her out, but she fought him off, till he finally gave it up, and she went to the bottom of the sea, it is thought, in her stateroom."

The Titanic lifeboats had space for 1,178 persons-not enough for everyone, but far more than enough for the 700 survivors. Many died needlessly because those early lifeboats went out half empty, thanks to misplaced confidence in the "unsinkable" ship.

Did you notice that a steward knocked at the door of a woman passenger, repeatedly warning her that the "unthinkable" was happening, only to be ignored? 'How foolish!' you might say.

Yet people repeatedly knock at your door, too, giving you an urgent warning. Those people are Jehovah's Witnesses, faithful "stewards" of Almighty God. Their warning is, not that this entire worldwide system of things is in danger of "sinking" in a flood of war, crime and brutal violence. Rather, that God will soon send it 'to the bottom' so that it can be replaced with a righteous new order ruled by his heavenly kingdom.

What is your response to that warning? Like that woman passenger of the Titanic, do you say, 'Ridiculous! Unthinkable!' and close your door? Such an attitude can cost you your life.

For unlimited joy and happiness, remember, the more we serve the more joy we have.

The Japanese Carp, if placed in a small bowl, will grow to 2" or 3" in length. In a pond, they attain 6" to 10" In a large lake, they grow to over 3'! The size of the fish depends on the size of the body of water they are in. Water represents the many facets of our theocratic service. The fish represents joy, which grows in direct relationship to the amount of water it is in. So place your self in the largest body of service possible, and watch joy grow as Jehovah blesses you!

Once upon a time, there was a village where the townspeople wanted to take care of those who were less fortunate than they. Each agreed to contribute a sack of grain for those in the neighbourhood who were elderly, ill or poor.

A large vat was put in the village square where the sacks were to be emptied. The day appointed for the opening of the vat arrived. The villagers assembled, a trumpet blew, the cover was lifted with great ceremony, and . . . the vat was empty.

Each villager, thinking, "My little bit of grain will not be missed," had failed to respond.

Like the villagers we have a commitment to Jehovah, as evidenced by our baptism, to assist others by preaching and teaching them. Are we doing our share? How about work in the congregation? Are we leaving this work up to others, or do we have an active share, always looking to progress.

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